Poetry in a church


This video from England is called 2013 London Poetry Slam Finals – Rachel.

Today, there was poetry in St Paul’s church.

Well, it used to be a church. But not today. Now, it is used for culture.

The afternoon started with cello player Martijn Mansvelder. He played music by himself, by Bela Bartok, Chopin, and “How can we hang on to a dream”, by Tim Hardin; also later, in between the poetry.

The first poet on stage (rather, on pulpit) was Pit van Nes. A college teacher, she included poems about her school. And about praying, and her grandmother. And about philosophy.

Then came yours truly, with poems on a ladybug and the Iraq war.

Then, Helena Venne, a local ceramist who read her poems for the first time. She included poems on crystal, china, and granite. And about a cat. And a bicycle. And moss.

Then, Cor Bezemer. Born in Rotterdam, but now living close to the venue. He read his poems on nature, on his body, and on love.

After Cor came Gert de Nooy. With poems about seven swans, a dog, and a father and son.

Then, Susanne Metaal. With poems on Belgium, on the month January, and on etching. She finished with one about flowers in spring.

Finally, poetry by Jan Kal. He was also interviewed. He told that he had started writing poetry when he was eighteen years old; that was experimental poetry then. When he was nineteen, he wrote his first sonnet. He had thought: writing sonnets is difficult, that will probably be my only one. However, later he wrote a second one … etc; until now, when he has written over a thousand sonnets. His sonnets of this afternoon included ones about his grandmother, cycling, and soccer.

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